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  • Summary: Pug, a young boy growing up on a combative West Baltimore block, finds solace in a group of illegal dirt bike riders known as the 12 O'Clock Boys.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jan 26, 2014
    91
    Nathan never condescends to Pug or his cohorts, instead smartly allowing their brazen maneuvers to run the show.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jan 26, 2014
    80
    Using Baltimore’s dirt-bike groups as its entry point, the film offers a remarkable grassroots look at how the system is broken at the inner-city level.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jan 29, 2014
    80
    As reticent as Nathan is to cast explicit judgment, the film shows the tragic impasse between a street culture that’s reckless and provocative, and a police force that exacerbates the problem with heavy-handed tactics.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Jan 30, 2014
    70
    12 O’Clock Boys packs more life into its 72 minutes than many longer documentaries do.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jan 31, 2014
    60
    12 O'Clock Boys is reminiscent of the Ross brothers' far more lyrically shot 2012 film "Tchoupitoulas," which tagged along with three New Orleans boys for a night of exploration and boundary-testing in the French Quarter. The setting is different in Nathan's film, and Nathan doesn't commit as fully as the Rosses did to visual artistry. But there are thematic similarities, to be sure.
  6. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jan 30, 2014
    60
    The film, which feels attenuated despite its brief running time, doesn’t dig deep enough to provide more than an impressionistic portrait.
  7. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    Jan 31, 2014
    25
    A thin, problematic and amateurishly-made documentary, 12 O'Clock Boys plays like two films awkwardly grafted together.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Sep 29, 2014
    1
    I found this utterly pointless. The street riders have no right to use the publc highway yet the police seem to have little ability to stop them. I think the real issue with this filmumentary is questioning the parenting. What chance do these kids have with the likes of Coco at the helm. Expand